Loki set a huge benchmark for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After a dozen films focused on the hunt for the Infinity Stones, Loki relegated them to nothing but office decorations in the bizarre retro-futuristic headquarters of the Time Variance Authority. But their history in the MCU may be far from over.
A new theory suggests that they may have influenced the events of Loki throughout, hinting that there’s still a lot to do with Marvel’s Ultimate McGuffins.
TikTokker @she_loves_Marvel found an interesting connection between the TV series and the Infinity Stones. She poses every episode of Loki is influenced and inspired by a different stone. So far, each episode has a specific color and theme that fits one stone, leaving two for the final two episodes. Here’s how it all breaks down.
- Episode 1 – The Soul Stone – All of the VAT is tinged with orange, and Loki goes through a checkpoint that would wipe him out if he didn’t have a soul. (He has one.)
- Episode 2 – The Reality Stone – When Sylvie appears, the lighting changes to bright red, as does the color of the stone. At this moment, Loki questions his own reality as well as the reality from which Sylvie comes.
- Episode 3 – The Power Stone – When Loki and Sylvie are on Lamentis, they are surrounded by purple tones. This is the episode where Loki and Sylvie discuss and display their different powers, while facing helplessness in the face of TVA and the apocalypse.
- Episode 4 – The Mind Stone – Episode 4 has a lot of golden tones, and this is the episode where Mobius and Hunter B-15 come face to face with the mind control and brainwashing that TVA put on them.
This means that the two remaining stones for the remaining two episodes are the Space Stone and the Time Stone. TikToker @straw_hat_goofy developed this original theory and speculated on the latter two. According to this theory, Episode 5 will be inspired by the Space Stone, as it will describe Loki’s transport to another New York City, and the few shots we saw from the next episode are tinged with blue.
That leaves the Time Stone for the finale, which is a poetically fitting choice. Loki has always been about time travel, and the Time Stone is green, Loki’s signature color. The theory also points to the long-teased appearance of Kang the Conqueror as further evidence that the finale will include more time shenanigans, but that remains to be seen.
The fact that Loki has six episodes for six Infinity Stones may be a coincidence, but it’s a great way to watch each episode as an examination of how each stone has affected those around it, and as a kind of swansong to them.
Will Loki really recognize this connection? Perhaps. WandaVision had a meta-explanation for what inspired his episodes, and Loki could certainly follow in his footsteps.
Loki is now streaming on Disney +.